Hazrat Tawakkal Mastan Sha Suharwardy (RA) and Hazrat Manik Mastan Sha Suharwardy (RA) were prominent sheikhs of Suharwardiya order of Sufism and belongs to silsila of Qutubul Aqtaab Hazrat Syedna Baba Fakhruddin (RA) of Penukonda. Both were good friends and murids of same spiritual preceptor (Murshid). It is said that both worked as construction crew of Bangalore fort and carried heavy stones on their head till evening and never took any remuneration for their hard work. Makdum Ali, brother in law of Nawab Hyder Ali Khan, grew inquisitive and started investigating about these saints and followed them to locate their houses. Makdum Ali, saw the saints going towards the place where the Dargah currently is, which used to be forests, and followed them to find them  in a state of spiritual practices, where the body gets separated into pieces and the prayer continuous. A state of “Die before your Death” [Hadith : mutu qabla anta mutu], and the next day they reported back to work as usual. Makhdum Ali, reported this matter to Nawab Hyder Ali and he wanted to meet them out of reverence and invited Hazrat Tawakkal Mastan Vali (RA), to which the saint declined stating ‘What work does a Faqir has with kings?’.

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